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Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton
Camp Pendleton’s Stormwater Management Program
Camp Pendleton’s Stormwater Management Program seeks to prevent pollutants from reaching the storm drains and contaminating water.  Here’s how the program works.
Storm drains are for rain

Most outdoor drains are storm drains and are meant only for rain.  Everything that flows into a Camp Pendleton storm drain goes untreated directly into nearby waterways and ultimately ends up in the Pacific Ocean.  Pollutants picked up by stormwater can impair recreational use of water and harm the habitat for fish, other aquatic organisms, and wildlife.  As shown below, Camp Pendleton has marked its storm drains with a stenciled numbering system (black letters on a white background) for easy identification, so that these drains, culverts and catch basins can be distinguished from the separate sanitary sewer system.  All of these stenciled structures are part of the stormwater conveyance system and are meant only for rain.



Report non-stormwater discharges

Anything that discharges into a storm drain not composed entirely of stormwater is a non-stormwater discharge or illicit discharge (e.g., irrigation water runoff, motor pool wash water, chlorinated pool water, etc.).

If you find a non-stormwater discharge entering Camp Pendleton’s storm drains, report it:
• During business hours: C
all (760) 725-9760
• After business hours: Call the MCB Camp Pendleton Spill Hotline: (760) 725-9743

Stormwater pollution prevention requirements
• Do not discharge anything into a storm drain, including clean tap water.
• Keep outdoor work and storage areas clean and orderly.
• Cover or protect storm drain inlets from outdoor work activities.
• Maintain spill control and cleanup materials and clean up outdoor spills.
• Do not store machinery, equipment, or vehicles over storm drains.
• Keep outdoor trash cans and bins closed.
• If water is used to clean, discharge wastewater to a sanitary sewer.
• Oversee all fueling activities by a trained equipment operator.
• Place drip pans under leaking equipment.
Contractor and visitor resources

Contractors and service providers at Camp Pendleton are responsible for reviewing Camp Pendleton’s Stormwater Pollution Prevention Best Management Practices (BMPs) to ensure outdoor work activities, equipment, and materials storage practices do not result in a discharge to a storm drain, and will not introduce pollutants to stormwater flows during a rain event.